San Luis Obispo is a county of people who truly care about their surroundings. Blessed with some of the most stunning scenery on the continent, we as residents of the Central Coast take great pride in our land. Knowing that all beautiful and valuable things are open to exploitation by forces larger than any individual, concerned citizens, like those involved with SLO Transition Towns, gather together to identify and address the threats facing our natural heritage.
With the topics of peak oil, climate change, and economic instability at the forefront of their agenda, SLO Transition Towns will present an evening of information, discussion, and a call for action this Wednesday, May 16 at the Ludwick Center (864 Santa Rosa St.) beginning at 6:59pm. The event will address issues of corporate personhood, fracking, water rights, and overall environmental protection.
Keynote speaker Shannon Biggs will discuss her current work which focuses on helping communities confronted by corporate power to assert their rights and enact binding law that places the well-being of people and landscapes above profit. Her methods of organizing stem from an understanding of the origins of corporate power as developed by the Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF). Biggs is the director of the Community Rights program at Global Exchange and is the copauthor of Building the Green Economy; Success Stories from the Grass Roots and The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. Joining her will be Kylie Nealis, the Community Rights Program Associate from Global Exchange.
For more information, contact June Cochran at (805) 773-2847.